Manufacturing Week: Spotlight on Stoneville, NC’s Industries

With a population of about 1,200 residents, the Town of Stoneville is Rockingham County, NC’s smallest municipality.  Stoneville has been a center of craftsmanship with an economic base that has historically been in furniture and home furnishings –related industries.

Stoneville’s largest manufacturing employer is Southern Finishing, which has about 200 employees.  As a supplier to the furniture industry, Southern Finishing has been operating in Rockingham County since 1978.  The company manufactures furniture and cabinet components, such as prefinished mouldings, accessories, panels, doors, kitchen and bath cabinet components, and bed rails.  It partners with manufacturers such as American Woodmark, Marsh Furniture, Armstrong Cabinets, Quality Cabinets and Thomasville Furniture.  Southern Finishing has its headquarters and four manufacturing facilities in Stoneville.  In 2018, the company announced an expansion that includes investing over $1.48 million in a 126,000 square-foot building in Stoneville and plans to create more than 50 new jobs.

Home grown company, Glass Dynamics was founded in Stoneville in 1985 and became a subsidiary of Poland-based Press Glass in 2017.   Glass Dynamics began exclusively as a glass fabricator for the furniture industry but transitioned into a leading commercial, residential and architectural glass fabricator. The company previously expanded four times in Rockingham County until it was purchased by Press Glass SA.  Press Glass is the largest independent flat glass processing operation in Europe.  The Stoneville location is the company’s second operation in the United States and has about 130 employees.

SANS Technical Fibers LLC (STF)is a manufacturer of specialty yarns for high specification end-uses. It is a global business and holds leading positions in several targeted niche markets.    The company has a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Stoneville with about 85 employees where it produces a broad range of specialty nylon and air-jet textured yarns.  Over the years, the company has added capabilities to its Stoneville plant to increase its position in the automotive, military and apparel markets in both industrial and textile applications.  Earlier this year, SANS announced a $4.9 million expansion in machinery and equipment and plans to add 25 new jobs. Sans Technical Fibers, LLC, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AECI LIMITED, a Johannesburg stock exchange listed chemical company. (AFE – JSE).  

Headquartered in Stoneville, TigerTek Industrial Services was established in 1983.  Today it is one of the largest industrial motor repair centers in the region.   The company, which is now onwed by Omnivest, LLC, repairs electric motors, pumps, gearboxes and servo motors that are critical to the continued operation of their customers, which include local manufacturing plants, municipalities (water and wastewater facilities), universities, food plants (dairies, bakeries), plastic and chemical plants, just to name a few.  TigerTek also operates a large machine shop for fabricating precision parts.

When TigerTek got its start, textile companies made up its core customers. TigerTek went against the odds and adapted when textiles moved overseas and automation began to dominate manufacturing. The company took a risk and invested in the knowledge to repair a new technology called “servo motors,” which are highly specialized motors used in automated manufacturing facilities.  Today, TigerTek is one of the largest servo motor repair shops in the U.S. and has about 40 employees.

In 2016, Sutherland Products (makers of Charlie’s Soap environmentally safe cleaning products) completed a major expansion by adding its second location in Rockingham County in Stoneville.  The company purchased a 120,000 square-foot facility in Stoneville that was part of a former furniture plant.  Sutherland Products invested over one million dollars in the Stoneville location, which now houses its corporate offices and distribution center.  The manufacturing of Charlie’s Soap products remains in Mayodan. The family-run business, which began in 1976, has about 20 employees between both locations.